ma·​ri·​a·​chi | \ ˌmär-ē-ˈä-chē How to pronounce mariachi (audio) , ˌmer-\

Definition of mariachi

1 : a small, strolling, Mexican band consisting usually of trumpeters, guitarists, and violinists also : a musician belonging to such a band often used before another noun
2 : the music performed by a mariachi

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Local mariachis occasionally refer to Mariachi Sirenas as las sirenitas, or the little mermaids. Bianca Sanchez,, "Meet the women of Mariachi Sirenas, Chicago’s first all-female mariachi group," 6 June 2019 In addition to his band, the lineup for the new music and food festival includes Eva Ybarra, Tropa Musica, Volcán, Los De Esta Noche, El Tallercito Del Son and assorted mariachi, norteño and son jarocho musicians. Hector Saldana,, "Piñata Protest, restaurant musicians celebrated at Talón Fest in San Antonio," 13 June 2019 The two of them are going to eat at a Mexican restaurant in nearby Lowell that Omayra likes; on Thursdays there is live mariachi. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 Jose Hernandez is always on the go in the name of mariachi. Justino Aguila, Billboard, "'Legends' Album for Jose Hernandez's Mariachi Sol de Mexico & The Lady Gaga Gigging Story: Watch," 16 June 2018 Plaza Garibaldi Mexico's roving mariachi bands have been found in this plaza, a few blocks north of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, since the mid-1900s. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018 Cien Agaves The Old Town Scottsdale location will feature mariachis at 2:30 p.m. During happy hour (3-7 p.m.) specials include $3 Dos Equis, $2.50 tinga tacos and half-off house margaritas. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "2018 Cinco de Mayo events in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Sedona and more," 1 May 2018 The band, whose members range in age from 13 to 18 years old, stood in the aisle to play their instruments and sing a classic mariachi song. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Mariachi band surprises Southwest passengers with mid-flight performance," 11 July 2018 The organization also teaches mariachi in Chicago public schools. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Mariachi band surprises Southwest passengers with mid-flight performance," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of mariachi

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mariachi

Mexican Spanish, perhaps modification of French mariage marriage

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English Language Learners Definition of mariachi

US : a type of lively Mexican street music played by a band of trumpets and guitars

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